Could we be close to seeing the return of the one and only Greg Oden?! The 2007 first overall draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers hasn’t played a NBA game since the 2013-2014 season with the Miami Heat, but that isn’t stopping Oden on a potential return.
Oden has worked out for the Charlotte Hornets, and will do the same for the Dallas Mavericks, reports RealGM.com.
He has also worked out for the Memphis Grizzlies, and it was reported from RealGM.com that they will continue to monitor Oden.
Oden has played three seasons in the NBA, two with Portland and one with Miami. Between his time spent in both organizations, Oden was away from the game for three seasons, dealing with knee injuries.
He is widely regarded as a ‘draft bust,’ but Oden still feels that he can be an impactful player for an NBA squad. Unfortunately for him, his off-court incidents have hindered his chance at playing at the top level even more.
Oden faced possible jail time back in 2014. He dealt with battery charges after striking his ex-girlfriend in the face.
After pleading guilty to the charges, Oden received 909 days of probation, was fined $200 and was ordered to complete 26 weeks of domestic violence and alcohol counselling.
The former Ohio State Buckeye will work-out with the Dallas Mavericks and their free agent mini-camp this week.
While it may be a great comeback story, Oden needs a lot of help on his side. He never amounted to the full potential early reports suggested, and is currently climbing up a major hill in his life. With hurt knees, a poor career track record, not to mention the guilt of the crimes committed earlier last year, Oden may be too big of a risk to sign right now.
Maybe Oden has a better chance playing overseas. That way he can hone his skills, and show potential NBA employer’s that the old Olden is out, and the new Greg is in.